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Guidance Document Change: The Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools guidance document was developed in response to House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 161, enacted by the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, which directed the Virginia Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board model policies concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools. These guidelines address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to: compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; maintenance of student records; identification of students; protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and student participation in sex-specific school activities, events, and use of school facilities.
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2/3/21  10:01 am
Commenter: Meredith L

Trans rights are human rights and opposing this is pro discrimination

Transgender youth in America face extreme discrimination and bullying from not only their childhood peers but also their teachers, school administrations, churches, and even parents. Passing legislation to protect transgender youth from at least some of this discrimination is extremely necessary. The high rate of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among transgender individuals is largely a result of this constant discrimination, lack of acceptance, and bigotry. Transgender youth deserve to be able to go to school as their true and authentic selves without fear of bullying and backlash. There are so many cases where transgender children have been discriminated against by their teachers and administrations, adults who are supposed to be there to help and nurture ALL children and teens, not just the straight, cisgender ones. 

Furthermore, I believe that the extremely disgusting transphobic and homophobic comments left on this town hall prove just how much vilification these children face and why legislation is necessary to ensure their protection and prosperity.

Those who oppose this legislation are not looking to "protect" their children. Transgender youth are not threats! They are not trying to go into the bathroom of their gender identification to look up girl's skirts. Such stereotypes are used to paint all transgender individuals as sick perverts, a "dangerous other." But I will say it again: The people who oppose this legislation are not looking to "protect" their children, rather, they are looking to protect their "right" to discriminate against transgender people. That is why legislation to protect transgender youth against discrimination is so important.

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